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Album Fri Jan 13 2012

Netherfriends debuts "Bloomington, IN" off his new album Middle America

Last April we reported that our friend Netherfriends had wrapped up his year long tour of the US to complete his 50 songs in 50 states project. Next month we'll finally see the fruits of his labor with the release of Middle America on Kilo Records. And earlier this week the first single from the album was released through Impose magazine.

The track "Bloomington, IN" is a vintage sounding pop gem that has a carefree vibe that at first glance seems more southern California than the land of corn Indiana. But as a Hoosier (yes, the land to the east is my home state) I can attest that Bloomington is the carefree Bohemia of Indiana. It's the home of Indiana University, so as far as Indiana standards go, it's a pretty liberal and laid back place. Would it stand up well against the Indiana patron god of music, John Cougar Mellencamp? Why yes, it could give the saccharine sweet "Jack & Diane" a possible run for its money. The Netherfriends track is the perfect cruising through the cornfields on an early fall afternoon jam, which is to say it fits right in with Indiana life.

Check "Bloomington, IN" out here, and then join Shawn and friends for the album release show at Empty Bottle on February 10th. He'll also be dj-ing at the Whistler on the 11th.

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Our Final Transmission Days

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